I've brainstormed ideas for the letter "J" and just can't think of a single idea about which to write. Among the possible post topics I've explored:
- Justice: I've followed more celebrity trials than I care to admit. They seem to be the story d'jour on the morning news programs. Often I think: If there is any justice in the world....Of course, to attain real justice, the morning talking heads would talk about the discrepancies in our justice system: The number of African American men incarcerated in proportion to their demographic, the irony in Wall Street moguls' unjust trading practices while our prisons brim with the poor and minor drug offenders. The irony in those tasked with dispensing justice abusing that power, as the Department of Justice found is the case with the Albuquerque Police Department. Nor have I forgotten the Justice clothing brand!
- Just Write It: I also thought about riffing on the Nike logo: Just do it. Sometimes I put up a bulletin board with a Nike Swish and the line: Just Write It. I first used this twist on Nike's logo long before Facebook, where one can find a Just Write It page. Searching Google, I realized that Just Write It and its Just Write variation really isn't unique. I'll leave the bulletin board blogging to those who actually do bulletin boards. I've had the same ones all year.
- J-Word Poems: But I posted a poem yesterday, and all the fabulous Joy Harjo poems, such as "Eagle Poem" are too long.
- J-Authors: John Green, of course comes to mind. I've gotten a lot of mileage out of his books, his Crash Course, his "Don't Forget to be Awesome" campaign. What high school teacher doesn't love John Green? Then there's Jane Austin. I've only written one post about her and it was a cursory one about imitating a writer's writing style. James Joyce, J. R. R. Tolken, Henry James, Samuel Johnson, Ben Johnson, Shirley Jackson, Sarah Orne Jewett, and many others. Generally, however, I try to use authors in lesson context or to support a topic/theme.
- J-Books: Too many to name. Those looking for a list can visit World Cat.
- J-Lo: On an education blog? I'll pass for now.
- Journey: More of an American Literature theme and a topic I've already written about in recent Frankenstein lessons. Also, a fabulous '80s rock band.
- Jaywalking: to cross the road in an illegal manner. Metaphorically speaking I do this often, especially when told how to teach English by those with no ethos.